DESIGN AND FABRICATION OF NEEM SEED DE-PULPING MACHINE
Author’s Name : Poovendran C
In the modern era, the field of biofuel has found greater scope and importance contrasting to the depletion of fossil fuels. There has been lot of developments in regard to the production and usage of biodiesel. Biodiesel can be produced from various bio seeds such as Millettiapinnata, Pongamia, Jatropha, Neem and even from animal fats.
In India, Neem tree is widely grown and termed as a divine tree due to its wide relevance in many areas of study. We shall consider aspects related to the production of biodiesel from Neem oil.
This project deals with de-pulping of neem seeds which will in turn reduce the wastage of neem oil during extraction of the same. The outer pulp of neem seeds is found to absorb oil during its extraction, so it is necessary to remove the outer pulp. The present method of removing the outer pulp is manual which is tedious and time consuming. Also, the cost of de-pulped seeds is nearly 3 times more than that of normal seeds in the market.
Keyword: Neem seed; Extraction
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